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Farmers Market Coop of East Liberty Update

Posted 11/4/2011 12:13am by Val Kennedy.

Update for Saturday, November 5th


Hello Friends and neighbors,

I was traveling on business this week so I did not have an opportunity to speak with the farmers.  So I don't have a specific update, but I expect that the items available will be similar to last week, so I have included the information from my last week update below.  I was impressed that last week we had a really strong turnout even though the weather was nasty.  It was snowing or raining the whole time but it did not seem to dampen people's enthusiasm.

Kew Park Coffee Update

I needed to travel to Washington, DC this week on business for my day job.  As luck would have it, Peter Williams and his wife Gina, the owners of Kew Park Coffee Estatate, live part of the year in Washington.  They shuttle back and forth between the farm in Jamaica and Washington where their 2 children go to school.  In any case, we were able to get together and catch up on things.  

They updated me on the status of the 2011 coffee crop.  I am happy to report that the crop is ripening very well. The harvest is just about to begin.  They worked really hard this year to fertilize the coffee plants with chicken manure.  Peter said that the results were very good.  The crop is large and of very high quality.  So I am very excited to get some of the new crop into the market in the near future.

I also got an update on the status of shipping green (unroasted) beans into the market.  Up until now, we heve been receiving small shipments (20 to 30 pounds) of beans that are roasted on the farm in Jamaica, and shipped directly to Pittsburgh for sale at the market.  But we have been working on getting licensed to ship much larger shipments of green (unroasted) beans to Pittsburgh, and then roasting them locally.  We have been working on getting through all the regulatory red tape for over one year!  But finally, we have a 60 kilo shipment of beans that have arrived here in Pittsburgh.  As soon as they get through US Customs and FDA approvals, we will be able to get them into our hands.  I will keep you posted.

Pittsburgh East Rotary Club Pancake Breakfast

The 15th Annual Pittsburgh East Rotary Club (PERC) Pancake Breakfast & Auction will be held this Saturday from 8:00 a.m. ~ 12:00 noon, at Eastminster Presbyterian Church (across from the Market and The Home Depot parking lot).

This is a really fun event.  The food is excellent, and proceeds benefit charities.  Last year we donated a basket of Farmers' Market goodies for the auction, and we will be doing that again this year.

So please plan to participate in this event either before or after stopping by the Farmers' Market.

If you are interested in learning more about PERC, check out their website.  We certainly feel an affinity for this organization since they were founded in the same era as our market.  The Farmers' Market Coop of East Liberty started operations on July 6, 1941, and PERC was founded in 1945.  Check them out at:

http://www.pittsburgheastrotary.org/

 

So please support the farmers by stopping by the market and also support PERC by going to the Pancake Breakfast.

David Lagnese

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Update for Saturday October 29th

We had a great market last saturday with tons of locally grown fruit and vegetables. I heard from the farmers this week and here is a summary of the items available this week.

Kistaco Farm 

Kistaco will have 12 varieties of apples this week including:  McIntosh, Cortland, Jonathan, Jonagold, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Empire, Gala, Macoun, Northern Spy.  


And of course Kistaco cider is a must for the Haloween weekend.

 

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Zang's Greenhouse

I spoke with Rick Zang from Zang's Greenhouse.   Rick will have a wide variety of local vegetables, including potatoes, beets, beans, greens, leeks, peppers, onions and shallots.  

Rick will also have local lettuce, diakon radishes, and red fingerling potatoes.  Cranberries from Wisconsin are in.

Fresh Romanesco will be available.  What's Romansco?  Not being sure myself, I looked it up and here is what I found:

http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2009/10/seriously-italian-broccoli-romanesco-recipes.html

Looks like a cross between broccoli and cauliflower.

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Greenawalt Farm

Brian Greenawalt will come through again with strawberries, yes locally grown strawberries.  You will need to get there early for these, as they went quickly last week.

Other locally grown items include cauliflower, tomatoes, buttercup lettuce, sweet potatoes and brussel sprouts.  Lots of squash is available-  varieties include- Blue Hubbard, Kabocha (Green and Orange), Delicata, Spaghetti, Butternut, Butter Cup and Acorn.

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PA Made Cheese

There is an ever expanding selection of Pennsylvania made cheeses available at the PA Made Cheese stand.  A fresh shipment of goat cheeses from Riverview Dairy arrived this week.  The Blue Cheese from Common Folk Organics is back.

We are also continuing to give away free membrillo samples (quince paste) with any cheese purchase. And speaking of quince.....

 

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SAVE THE QUINCE UPDATE

 

We have had fresh quince available at the market for the past 6 weeks or so. My call to action to use quince has really worked.  The quince available at the market has sold out quickly each week.  I got a call today from a woman in Wheeling WV who plans to drive up to visit the market this Saturday to see if she can get some quince.  I told her I could not guarantee that quince will be available, but she plans to come anyways.  Wow, what a reaction!

Update on Legume Bistro...

Trevett Hooper, owner and chef at Legume Bistro picked up some of quince and made duck liver and quince mousse.  I stopped by to taste it and it was fabulous.  

If you have not had a chance to visit Legume Bistro at their new location, you need to put it on your "must do" list.  Legume is now located on Craig Street at the former More Restaurant location.  They renovated the whole place.  The dining room is spacious and comfortable.  No longer a BYOB, they have a wonderful bar area with lots of retro features.  The kitchen is well equipped and spotlessly clean.  Of course the food is consistent with the old legume- simple but delicious.  They source most of their ingredients locally, so their menu features seasonal items.  Check out their site and make a reservation as soon as possible!

http://legumebistro.com/

And thanks to Trevett for supporting the market.

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Kew Park Coffee Bar

A fresh shipment of beans from Jamaica arrived this week.  At the juice bar, we will have fresh made cranberry juice.

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Fruits and vegetables are also available at the Kennedy Farm stand.

Lots of fall and Haloween items are available all over the market.  We have pumpkins, gourds, indian corn, and corn stocks. 

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